Best seafood in Corpus Christi
A culinary journey for the best seafood in Corpus Christi will take you to docks in the bay, piers on the beach, destinations downtown and shopping centers off the beaten path. Seafood lovers will find an incredible variety of fish caught daily and prepared fresh in a number of Corpus Christi’s seafood restaurants.
If you love fresh fruit de mer, then check out these three tips for finding the best seafood in Corpus Christi.
1. Patronize restaurants that advertise fresh Gulf seafood. They buy from local suppliers.
2. Go with the chef’s special. Chefs who buy from local fish markets generally feature that day’s catch as a special on the menu.
3. You can’t go wrong with red. This area of the Gulf is known for its great red fish and red snapper fishing. It's always a good menu pick, offering flaky and tender white meat.
Whether you dress up or dress down, bring your appetite when you visit Corpus Christi. You can start your tasty trek for the best in Corpus Christi seafood with this list of local favorites.
Water Street Seafood Co.
Water Street Oyster Bar and Sushi Bar
Executive Surf Club
North Water Street between William and Lawrence streets
This secluded, well-lit and landscaped area also includes the Texas Surf Museum and plenty of places to browse, shop and sit. Three restaurant styles from surfboard tables to live music to candlelight dinners will suit any group or individual craving for seafood, drinks and entertainment.
Doc’s Seafood & Steaks
13309 South Padre Island Drive
(361) 949-6744, (361) 949-6755
Doc’s Seafood and Steaks is tucked under the JFK Causeway overlooking the Laguna Madre. Ring the bell on your way out after a great seafood and/or steak dinner. The restaurant, which has been locally owned by the Blankenship family since 2004, was founded by Bill “Doc” Blankenship, the highest-decorated living doctor in the U.S. Navy until his death in 2010. Market fish available daily with a wide selection of homemade sauces. Menu includes fried platters, sandwiches, burgers and fish tacos.
Salt Water Grill
2401 Cimarron Blvd.
South of South Padre Island Drive off Airline Boulevard, the grill serves po boys, crab cake burgers, fried fish platters, pasta and steak dinners. Featured fish of the day is a market-fresh chef’s choice. Shrimp, salmon or tuna come chargrilled, blackened or pan-seared. Plenty of landlubber choices as well!
Summer Place Motels and Apartments
4310 Ocean Drive
A simple and elegant menu that includes oysters Rockefeller, escargot, bouillabaisse, lobster thermidor, shrimp newborn, broiled market fish and market fish papillote. Also features beef, chicken, fried shrimp and an array of tempting desserts to go along with its exquisite appetizers and entrees. Closed Sundays and Mondays, Yardarm is open for dinner only Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30-10 p.m.
Railroad Seafood Station
1214 N. Chaparral St.
A downtown destination big enough to accommodate large parties. Offers a full bar with holiday specials throughout the year. Beers brewed on site join a collection of favorites to perfectly complement lunch and dinner choices. Menu includes burgers, a wide variety of seafood dishes and the option to order family-style.
13313 South Padre Island Drive
Famous for its authentic fresh-off-the-boat, dockside atmosphere, the vibe is relaxed and casual. Provides locally harvested, quality seafood at affordable prices. Features an on-site fish house and shrimp-breading facility. Dine outdoors or in, then take a stroll next door to Scoopy’s for a variety of dessert selections and ice cream.
Blackbeard’s on the Beach
3117 Surfside Blvd.
Celebrating 25 years of pirates, ghosts and rock ’n’ roll, this longtime local favorite takes its drinks as seriously as its extensive menu. You’ll find everything from seafood and steaks to comfort food. The bar brags of its selection of top-notch bourbons along with anything you wish to wet your whistle. And when you close the tap, the bartender pours a drink to leave for the resident ghost. Located on North Beach, it’s hard to miss the bright purple building.
Mikel May’s Beachside Bar and Grill
15820 Park Road on Bob Hall Pier
This beachside bar and grill on Bob Hall Pier features a full bar, an open patio and delicious food to go along with an endless view of the Gulf. Creates the feel of an instant vacation every time you sit down to dine on their selection of burgers and seafood. Features live music Friday nights and Sunday brunches with bubbly.
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